Johnny Depp, who is no longer missing and firmly shutting down rumors of marital strife with the heavy thump of a classic PR move, will next appear in September’s Black Mass. In the film, he plays Whitey Bulger, a famous Boston mafioso and FBI informant. Here’s your first look at him in character!
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) April 22, 2015
For a closer understanding of the transformation, here’s Johnny Depp in January 2015:
And here he is as the infamous criminal:
The look is pretty impressive when you see the real blue-eyed, light-haired Bulger.
Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger. pic.twitter.com/aTXAB7QNlv
— Dennis and Callahan (@DandCShow) December 3, 2014
According to Entertainment Weekly, Depp researched the role heavily, watching surveillance tapes and studying FBI photos. People on set who knew Bulger were apparently chilled by the resemblance.